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“The aim is to hold four to five Defiance exhibitions per year, while handing over “complete curatorial control” for all other shows.

CAMPBELL ROBERTSON-SWANN and Lauren Harvey, art dealers with a sense of history, have taken over the lease of the ground floor of Mary Place Gallery for 2018 with the aim of doing quality shows by established artists. Sydney entrepreneur, John Feitelson, is supporting the project.

“No strugglers, no students, no second-raters,” says Robertson-Swann, who swears he’d rather leave the gallery vacant than hang something just to pay the rent.

Defiance, the duo’s Newtown gallery, has always been too small for their ambitions and too far from the centre of the Sydney art scene. Even though that scene has been drifting south-west for

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